THE SENATE MASCARA MASSACRE – Sarah Hanson-Young gets teary:
An emotional Sarah Hanson-Young has broken down in parliament while speaking on the bill to make gay marriage legal today.
The South Australian Greens senator could not fight her tears, or running mascara, as she issued a heartfelt apology to her former party leader Bob Brown, a gay man and LGBTIQ rights activist, that parliament was not able to make same-sex marriage legal before he retired.
She also blasted former Prime Minister John Howard’s move in 2004 to change the Marriage Act to specifically make marriage between a man and a woman, which she called a bid to “single-handedly outlaw love”.
“When Bob retired in 2012, I said to him, Bob I’m really sorry that we haven’t been able to reverse that awful law before your time was up,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“So today … today, I stand here with my Greens colleagues finishing the job that Bob Brown started.”
John Howard – first he broke the nation’s heart, then he single-handedly outlawed love. Is there anything that J-Ho can’t do?
Still no tears from SHY for more than 1000 asylum seekers who drowned after being lured to Australia by the open border policies she still champions.